Five year funding for bus service

THE bus service between Girvan and Newton Stewart has been guaranteed for the next five years after almost £300,000 in funding was announced for the route.

Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) has agreed to make a five-year contribution of £289,780, of which £139,095 is paid by South Ayrshire Council, for the daytime Monday to Sunday 359 service from Newton Stewart to Girvan via Barrhill.

The announcement was part of £1 million in continued funding for “vital” bus services to maintain key public transport links across five council areas in Strathclyde from July 2012.

The contracts were agreed at a meeting of SPT’s Operations Committee and will all operate from July 15.

SPT Operations Committee chairman Denis McKenna said: “I am delighted that SPT is able to maintain vital bus services in areas of need and it is great to see that SPT has been able to work with operators to keep these services running across the five local authorities.”